Double premiere with Gerard

The premiere of the RCDE Stadium in Primera could not have a better guest and with an audience 535 days after Gerard Moreno. The Villarreal forward returns home in the best moment of his career, after shining in the final of the European Super Cup, winning the Europa League and reaching the semi-finals of the European Championship. In titles and national repercussion he has surpassed Raúl Tamudo, who was his idol as a child and who now resides in the offices of the blue and white club.

With Gerard, with the public and in Cornellà-El Prat, Espanyol recovers its First-ever scent after a fleeting campaign in hell, like a passing nightmare that will always remain in the memory (follow the game live on After the 0-0 of El Sadar, Vicente Moreno wants to continue adding because he knows that before him there is “one of the best in Europe”. Praise given by the coach to a club that he knows by heart, both in its structure and on the field. That is why a proactive and aggressive Espanyol can be seen this afternoon on the grass, knowing the weaknesses of a Villarreal who has already choked on Granada (0-0).

To match Emery’s 4-4-2, Moreno will repeat the formula. Three novelties are noticed in the line-up. Nany dimata, which took a few good minutes in El Sadar, would accompany RdT in attack. The Belgian can be the anchor that fixes the Castellón defense and a memory to avoid the yellow pressure. Handful would debut on the left after its Olympic summer and Darder, who already completed his penalty game, would accompany David López in midfield.

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Villarreal, with three important casualties (Pau Torres, Parejo and Chukwueze), beat Foyth on the right by not being penalized for his expulsion against Granada. Emery will repeat his ‘eleven’, with Dia accompanying Gerard. The former parakeet forward will be measured in an exciting duel with RdT, two battering rams as different as they are decisive. Like Espanyol and Villarreal, two now distant club models.


Perica solidity

Espanyol was the team with the least thrashed last year in the Second Division and started this League without conceding any goals. The defensive system works.


Emery pointed to Espanyol’s enthusiasm on their return to Primera and their home debut as one of the yellow’s difficulties. Villarreal will have to match that momentum.


Espanyol is more efficient when attacking from the left side. Pedrosa generates verticality and imbalance. Villarreal may have problems there.


Villarreal has played a first-rate preseason culminating in the match against Chelsea in the European Super Cup. It arrives fully shot at the RCDE Stadium.

Stopped ball

With Embarba and Darder as pitchers, Espanyol is dangerous from the strategy, with spikers like RdT, Sergi Gómez, David or Cabrera.

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